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Trial, error and transformation: creativity in painting

Weekend-long practical course

Short course

● Fully booked

  • 6 April 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 7 April 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
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In this practical art course, revitalise your artistic practice by making use of trial, error and transformation to unlock your creativity and develop your painting.

This practical course encourages you to work in innovative ways using a range of techniques and by allowing the process of painting itself to lead the imagination and creative process. The course is designed to help you unlock your creativity by learning how to balance technique with the relinquishing of control and by harnessing chance encounters.

Great art often engages the viewer beyond our logical understanding – creating forceful, enigmatic encounters between artist, artwork and observer. Similarly, for the artist, some of the most remarkable moments in the creative process, happen unexpectedly. The painting itself leads us in different directions, suddenly becoming more than the sum of its parts or surprising us with its presence or chance elements. This two-way conversation with our work – where the artist responds to the painting and then makes a mark, erases the mark, and so on – is a good way to build up both physical layers and layers of meaning.

Working with the metaphor of the artist’s studio as an alchemist’s laboratory, this course will consider how to transform both the material and the immaterial simultaneously to create our work. Starting with a wide selection of materials and objects that already possess symbolic attributes each student will select up to three items as a starting point for their work. The dialogue that is then created between object and painting will provide an opportunity for reflection and critical review.

Designed to complement personal practice as well as enrich encounters with other artists’ work, you will come away with three different pieces of work so that you can compare, contrast and experiment with techniques and learn through that process.

Saturday morning will begin with an introductory lecture summarising the aims and approaches. This will be followed by a special session on experimental techniques before focussing on individual work and practice.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 6 April 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 7 April 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Clore Learning Centre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£480. Includes all materials, light refreshments at the beginning of each day and wine reception at the end of day one.